Christine Oddy will be having a night out on Saturday (28 November) in support
of a Coventry trade unionist who faces deportation to his native Nigeria.
The Coventry and North Warwickshire Euro MP will attend a benefit night in support of
Columbus Anyanwu, who has lived in Britain for more than four years but has now been
refused political asylum.
Mr Anyanwu has been told that he must return to Nigeria where, as a high ranking trade
union official, he suffered harassment and intimidation after criticising the country's
military dictatorship and its endemic corruption.
He came to Britain in 1994 to study for a master's degree in Comparative Labour Studies
at Warwick University. Whilst a student he was advised that his life, and that of his wife
and three children, might be at risk if he returned home.
Ms Oddy, who has already written to the Home Office Minister Mike O'Brien asking him to
lift the threat of deportation, said:
"Nigerias military governments have a long record of brutality, including
murder, to their political opponents. Mr Anyanwu has already suffered because of his
criticisms and faces a very uncertain future if he and his family are forced to return to
Saturday's event at Coventry Working Men's Club, is being organised by the Columbus
Support Group, Coventry Against Racism and the Coventry Trades Council.